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PMA, ILWU Announce West Coast Waterfront Contract FMCS, Cabinet Secretaries Played Key Roles

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union today announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports

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ILWU President Robert McEllrath’s message to the membership (video)

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath has released the following update on the contract talks with the Pacific Maritime Association

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ILWU statement on port re-opening

West Coast ports re-opened Monday morning after employers closed the docks for two days, increasing delays for customers needing containers. The union remains focused on reaching a settlement as quickly as possible with employers. Talks to resolve the few remaining issues between the Longshore Union and Pacific Maritime Association are ongoing

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Aerial photos of ports show what the PMA doesn’t want the public to see

Aerial photos of ports show what the PMA doesn’t want the public to see

The following photographs show that there are acres of asphalt waiting for the containers that sit on dozens of ships waiting to be unloaded at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and sufficient space for thousands of containers on the docks

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ILWU President blasts PMA threat to shut down US ports

ILWU President blasts PMA threat to shut down US ports

Photos of empty docks show that PMA employers, based largely overseas, are worsening a congestion crisis at West Coast ports to pressure American workers

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ILWU tells employers:  finish negotiations, don’t close ports over only a few remaining issues

The ILWU is trying to keep dock employers at the negotiating table to finish an agreement that is “extremely close.”

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PMA officials admit today that West Coast congestion crisis has been caused by managerial mistakes and not primarily due to dockworkers

The PMA made it clear in the negotiating session that they were not blaming union workers for the primary causes of the congestion crisis

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The Legend of Carlos Bulosan

The Legend of Carlos Bulosan

A growing number of social justice activists are coming to admire and respect the contributions made by Carlos Bulosan, despite the fact that many are still unaware of the contributions from this remarkable man and important union leader who excelled as a gifted writer, poet and activist. America is in the heart Carlos Sampayan Bulosan [&hellip

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Solidarity visit from the International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

Solidarity visit from the International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

The ILWU Negotiating Committee was honored to receive a solidarity visit from leaders of the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) on December 17. IDC General Coordinator Jordi Aragunde and Office Coordinator Susana Busquets addressed the ILWU Committee and pledged to “mobilize the IDC’s network of support and organization to help the ILWU win this important contract [&hellip

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Corporate subsidies for anti-union employers: are taxpayers are being hosed in Coos Bay?

Corporate subsidies for anti-union employers: are taxpayers are being hosed in Coos Bay?

For the past several months, Local 12 members and supporters have been picketing whenever non-union barges arrive at the Southport Forest Products dock in North Bend, Orego

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